While there was bitter disappointment for everyone involved in the weekend's British Superbike meeting at Brands Hatch as snow forced the cancellation of round one, there were varying degrees of frustration up and down the pit-lane as riders and teams saw promising qualifying performances squandered.

The Relentless Suzuki team was among those thwarted by the conditions, but remains positive that good results can still be achieved at the rescheduled event. Up until the snow's arrival on Sunday morning, the Relentless trio of Michael Laverty, Ian Lowry and Cameron Donald had been building themselves into strong positions in their respective championships, with Laverty, on his return to the Superbike class, a more than respectable tenth on the grid.

"Obviously, we are bitterly disappointed with the day being abandoned after such a promising start to the weekend, but I am also philosophical after gaining more track time with all our new machinery," team boss Philip Neill commented, "The atmosphere within the team has been great all weekend and we've brought everyone home in one piece. Sunday's announcement didn't suit anyone in the paddock, but we will take positives from what we've learnt and move on now to Thruxton for 'round two'."

Tom Tunstall and the Hardinge Ice Valley Motorsport Team were equally ready and raring to kick-start their 2008 campaign, showing the sort of pace which secured him 15 podiums and third place in his debut season. Having qualified fourth, and only 0.4secs from pole, despite a few technical issues, Tunstall was disappointed not to race.

"I've had a big problem shifting gear and, on virtually every upshift, I have to take two or three goes at changing gear," he revealed, "That not only loses me speed and time, but it's making it hard to get into a rhythm and get the times down. We think it's a quick shifter issue and, although the team fitted some new parts for qualifying, the problem is still there. Even with the issue, I'm on the pace though so, if we can resolve it, the race looked good."

After a lot of hard work in the weeks and months leading up to the season opener, the MSS Discovery Kawasaki team were among the most disappointed outfits.

"We had all our ducks in a row," commented team principal Nick Morgan, "The bikes were ready, the team were primed and the riders both showed marked progress in practice, lying just outside the top ten on the grid."

Sharing his disappointment was team co-owner and Kent businessman Stuart Simmonds.

"You can legislate for most things in racing, but bad weather like this is our worst nightmare," he said, "To be honest, we thought that the test session at Snetterton recently was going to be the worst weather of the season, but this knocks it into a cocked hat."

The Brands Hatch weekend will be continued over 10-11 May, with grid positions taken from the past weekend's qualifying.



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